Life is a rollercoaster

Riding the rollercoaster Well, 2020 what a roller coaster of a ride you have been! With each week comes a new and surprising twist in the up and down, wild ride of a global pandemic. Uncertainty breeds anxiety and with it minds beset by fear and worry. From all roads...

Life in Technicolour

September has crept up on many of us, and according to the meteorological calendar we are now in a new season; Autumn has arrived. Just as the months and seasons change, so we are starting a new series on QPLive where we are going to think about mental health and...

Plant that Tree!

“The new normal”. It’s a phrase which has become widespread as people try to predict what a world upturned by COVID19 will look like. It contains a real tension as we find ourselves caught between the desire to return to normal life as we knew it and the opportunity...

Words from Wendy

Here are some lockdown reflections from Wendy who is one of the leaders of Building Blocks, our group for Preschool to Primary 1 children. We all grow at different rates. I’ve sown quite a lot of sunflowers this year – with my extra free time. In some ways...

What does mission look like in lockdown (part 2)

The Great Commission during lockdown I was never great at rhythm. Beating out in time comes naturally to some folks but not to me. Yet some of your comments on Matt 18:16-20 provoked me to appreciate that I need to get some rhythm in my life, as I am sure we all do....

What does mission look like in lockdown (part 1)

Joy mixed with frustration The weather has been glorious, which while in many ways is joyous it is something I am finding deeply frustrating. From the park at the end of our street we get a fantastic view over much of the city. The prominent profile of Drumgoyne on...

Where do broken hearts go? (part 2)

Where do all the lonely hearts go? It been really great to engage with folks Sunday by Sunday on QPlive. Whether you have simply watched or actively “chatted” online there has been a real sense of community. I recall being sent to a conference as a very junior...

Where do broken hearts go? (part 1)

“Where do broken hearts go?” …sang Whitney Houston many years ago. It’s a good question and one which she tragically was unable to answer in her own life.  Traumatic events, personal failures and overwhelming ordeals affect us all at various times and to varying...

Peace in troubled times (part 1)

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding Down in my heart, (where?) Down in my heart, (where?) Down in my heart, I’ve got the peace that passes understanding Down in my heart, (where?) Down in my heart to stay. (‘I’ve got the joy, joy, joy,...

Hope: Reflections on the Resurrection

Well friends, another week has passed in lockdown and we have experienced the strangest Easter of our lives. Across the globe, churches and cathedrals normally packed with people celebrating the resurrection of our Lord lie empty. But the Church of Jesus Christ has...